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What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

Bring a HIGH CLEARANCE vehicle, anything else is a stretch at best. - May 20, 2016
4WD, Toyota. - Dec 30, 2014
An SUV is best. Even in the city the roads can be in very bad shape. There are some people who drive regular cars and they seem to do alright. - Sep 6, 2009
Any car would be ok -- but it is only leaded gas. For safety, it is good to bring a bigger vehicle. We have a Honda CRV and feel like it is a decent car. Many people have large SUVs. Bring parts with you. - May 20, 2009
Most people have SUVs, and they are genuinely necessary here. Because the streets are narrow and parking is often scarce, those with smaller SUVs are happier, I think. At least 2 wheel drive is needed to maneuver through the thick mud pits that the streets become during rainy season. Toyotas abound here and local mechanics can repair minor/routine things without difficulty. Ship spare parts. Minor accidents are common so an older SUV is probably perfect. - Mar 26, 2008